Game Notes: #9 UVA basketball hosts George Washington on Friday
- The Cavaliers have a six-game winning streak against George Washington.
- Virginia won each of its first three games by at least 20 points for the first time since 2001-02.
- Virginia has a 13-game home winning streak (12 of the 13 victories during the streak have been by double digits).
- The Cavaliers rank third in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 28.4 percent, holding each of their opponents under 33 percent.
- UVa has out-rebounded each of its opponents and has a +13.7 rebounding margin.
- Justin Anderson has led or tied for the team lead in scoring in each of the first three games and is averaging a career-high 15.3 points.
- Anderson and Darion Atkins will compete against former high school teammates. Anderson was a teammate of George Washington’s Kevin Larsen at Montrose Christian, while Atkins and the Colonials’ Joe McDonald were teammates at The Landon School.
The Virginia-George Washington game will be streamed online on ESPN3.com and broadcast on the Virginia Sports Radio Network. Live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com, as well as the Virginia Sports app, which is available free of charge through iTunes.
Single-game tickets for the Virginia-George Washington contest may be purchased online at VirginiaSports.com/tickets or through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office by telephone and in person. The ticket office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).Tickets may also be purchased on game day at the JPJ box office starting at 5:30 p.m.
Virginia-George Washington Series
Virginia is 25-23 all-time against George Washington in the series that dates back to the 1906-07 season. The Cavaliers meet the Colonials for the first time since March 17, 2004, when Virginia beat George Washington 79-66 in the first round of the NIT in Charlottesville. Virginia holds a 15-10 advantage over George Washington in 25 contests in Charlottesville.
The Head Coaches
Virginia: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992), 109-60 in six seasons at UVa and 178-93 in nine seasons overall.
George Washington: Mike Lonergan (Catholic University, 1988), 49-27 in four seasons at George Washington and 426-203 in 22 seasons overall.
Virginia Remains No. 9 in Latest AP Poll
- UVa is ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ polls.
- The Cavaliers were ranked No. 9/8 in the AP and USA Today preseason coaches’ polls.
- The No. 9 AP preseason ranking was UVa’s best since a No. 1 ranking to start the 1982-83 season.
- Virginia was ranked in the preseason rankings in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000-01 and 2001-02.
- UVa’s No. 3 final AP ranking last season marked its highest final ranking since 1982.
- Anthony Gill added 11 points and tied for the team-high with rookie Isaiah Wilkins with eight rebounds, and Mike Tobey added 10 points and five rebounds.
- UVa out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 46-26, and outscored SCSU, 40-14, in the paint.
- The Cavaliers were 15-18 from the free-throw line, improving their season percentage to 75 percent after shooting 67 percent from the line last year.
- UVa led 41-20 at the half and has led by 18 or more points at intermission in each of its three games.
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